Events Calendar

Conferences/public lectures

The Centre normally holds 3 one-two day conferences in the academic year, and may host others,  as well as offering public lectures.  The Stephen Copley lecture is held annually, and CECS staff have given papers for the York Festival of Ideas.

Research Seminars

Where the CECS community of staff and students gather to hear and debate the latest research about the eighteenth century. Centre research seminars are held regularly in term time on Tuesdays at 4.30pm in KG/07 at the King's Manor.

Postgraduate Forum

The CECS Postgraduate Forum is a student-lead interdisciplinary research group that meets to listen to and discuss papers from fellow York postgrads, students from other universities, and visiting professors, in a relaxed and friendly environment.


Forthcoming Events

Previous events

A Contemporary Robinsonade

Thursday 11 July 2019

Peter Robinson (University of Reading) reads from The Constitutionals: A Fiction (2019) and discusses the praxis of adaptation

Crusoe at 300: Adaptations, Afterlives & Futures

Wednesday 10 July 2019

The sixth biennial meeting of the Defoe Society

Prudence or Pathology? The Figure of the Miser in the Eighteenth-Century Money It-Narrative

Tuesday 18 June 2019

CECS Postgraduate Forum with Charmaine Falzon (Queen Mary University of London)

Art as Commodities / Commodities as Art: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Friday 14 June 2019

This conference will demonstrate the centrality of markets to art’s modern cultural ascendancy, while also recasting art objects as bodies of knowledge and vehicles of cultural exchange through networks of global trade.

The Aesthetics of Autonomy

Tuesday 11 June 2019

CECS Postgraduate Forum with Marte Stinis (University of York)